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Turnpike officials to unveil plans for OKC loop

Posted at 3:22 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 16:22:16-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is unveiling its plans for a new turnpike in northeastern Oklahoma County that has faced stiff opposition from local landowners.

Turnpike officials plan to release the preliminary alignment for the northeast Oklahoma County loop at a public meeting Thursday at the Harrah Church. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m., and the public will have the opportunity to speak with engineers and right of way experts.

Turnpike officials say the right of way process will begin during the next several months.

State officials announced last year plans to issue $900 million in bonds to expand and renovate Oklahoma's turnpike system. Among the projects is a planned $300 million, 21-mile tollway loop linking interstates 40 and 44 in eastern Oklahoma County.

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